Born on 27 August in Absam near Hall in the Tyrol, the son of Dr. Max Weiler, Imperial judge in Solbad Hall, and Margarete Maria, née Engel.
Cistercian grammar school in Mehrerau near Bregenz.
Franciscan grammar school in Hall in the Tyrol.
Introduced to "Bund Neuland" – a Catholic reform movement. Meets Ignaz Zangerle.
School-leaving certificate at the Teachers Training Institute in Innsbruck.
Admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he joins the general painting class taught by Professor Karl Sterrer, who first introduces him to the Chinese landscape painting of the Sung dynasties (960-1276).
Designs for the Holzmeisterkirche (a church designed by Clemens Holzmeister) in the Crimea (not executed). Exhibition in the Knights Hall in Burg Petersberg.
Joins Professor Karl Sterrer's master class.
Meets the philosopher Ludwig von Ficker.
Exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Portrait of Dr. Karl Rudolf, the prelate of "Bund Neuland". Meisterschulpreis.
Akademischer Studienpreis. Clemens Holzmeister, the rector of the Academy, invites Max Weiler to assist with the design of the Austrian chapel in the Papal pavilion at the World Exhibition in Paris, 1937.
State scholarship from the Academy of Fine Arts for a stay in Rome (Rome Prize).
The architect Clemens Holzmeister invites Weiler to return to Vienna to design an altar for an exhibition. The project is interrupted by the Anschluss, Austria's annexation by the German Reich.
Auxiliary teacher in Telfs and Zams near Landeck.
Marries Gertraud Frenner.
Serves as a lance corporal in the German army in Upper Italy and Yugoslavia.
Returns home to Gerlos. Wins the competition for the execution of frescoes in the Theresienkirche on the Hungerburg on the outskirts of Innsbruck.
Paints the first of six planned frescoes, Veneration of the "Heart of Jesus", on the Hungerburg.
Moves into a large studio in the Sternwartestraße in Innsbruck. Creates the cartons for further frescoes in the Theresienkirche. Executes two more frescoes "St. John resting on Christ’s Chest and the Mount of Olives", "Heart of Jesus Sun" and "Lance Wound". Wins a silver medal at the Austrian art exhibition in Vienna.
Opposition to the frescoes in the Theresienkirche. Taken to court for the supposed degrading of the peasantry. Exhibition at the first French Cultural Institute in Innsbruck, headed by Maurice Besset.
Visits Paris. Meets Nicolas De Staël and Alfred Manessier there.
Wins the competition to decorate the apse of the Friedenskirche in Linz-Urfahr on the theme of the Apocalypse of St. John. Covers up the frescoes on the Hungerburg to escape an order by the Vatican to remove them. A number of his graphic works are shown at the XXV Biennale di Venezia. Birth of his daughter Gertraud.
Paints five wayside shrines on the theme of the glorious rosary on the road between Hall and Innsbruck following a commission from the Province of Tyrol.
First solo exhibition at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. Execution of the fresco in the apse of the Friedenskirche in Linz-Urfahr. Fresco in the Grammar School in Kitzbühel. First one-man show in Vienna at the Galerie Würthle. Exhibition at the Neue Galerie Linz/Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum.
Executes the Maximilian fresco for the Grammar School in Hall in the Tyrol. Fresco in the chapel at the Lanersbach Magnesite Works in the Zillertal. Paints a portrait of the rector of Innsbruck University, Professor Eduard Reut-Nicolussi, following a commission from the university. Trip to Pisa.
Mural in the former Hotel Tyrol, Archduke Ferdinand the Second and Philippine Welser at Schloß Ambras.
Mosaics in the University Clinic in Innsbruck. Mural Air and Plant Beings (Luft- und Pflanzenwesen) in the conservatory of the Court Garden in Innsbruck. Wins first prize in the competition for the decoration of the ticket hall in the main railway station in Innsbruck and is commissioned to execute the work.
Major public controversy because of the new frescoes in Innsbruck station. On the other hand, gains public recognition thanks to the good relationship with Linz, established as a result of his work on the Friedenskirche there. Participates in the III Biennale in São Paulo, Brazil. Meets Otto Breicha (then a student) through Ludwig von Ficker. Completes the mural "Innsbruck’s Present" in Innsbrucks main railway station. Exhibition at the Neue Galerie of the City of Linz/Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum.
Mosaic column in the Großgasthof Breinößl in Innsbruck. Tiled mosaic in the Hotel Clima-Hiesmayr in Innsbruck-Pradl.
Portrait of Ludwig von Ficker. Death of Weiler's daughter Gertraud following an accident. Due to an initiative by Clemens Holzmeister, Vinzenz Oberhammer organises a major exhibition of new works by Weiler at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Creation of a mural made of ceramics for the stockyard in Imst.
Stained glass windows set in concrete for the chapel of the Sisters of the Eucharist in Salzburg-Hernau. Designs for the boxes and never-executed wall hangings for the new Festspielhaus in Salzburg. Portrait of Clemens Holzmeister, the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Weiler starts his "Daybooks and Nightbooks", of which he writes twenty volumes by 1991. Declines the offer of a chair in Nuremberg. Executes the frescoes in the Stadtsaal in Innsbruck (competition in 1954). Falls from scaffolding during his work and injures himself. Represents Austria at the XXX Biennale di Venezia (curated by Dr. Vinzenz Oberhammer, Director of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna).
Exhibition "While All Things..." in the Stadtsaal of the Tyrolean Commerce Chamber in Innsbruck. Max Weiler is awarded the Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis, Austria's most prestigious art prize. Meets Fritz Wotruba at the prize-giving ceremony.
Declines an invitation to conduct a master class at the Kunsthochschule in Linz. Executes a 28 meter-long wall made of concrete and glass in the Church of Maria am Gestade in Innsbruck-Sieglanger.
Receives the Forum-Artprize for contemporary austrian drawing in Graz. Trip to Florenz.
Exhibition of the paintings "Like a Landscape" (Wie eine Landschaft) at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. Starts conducting a master class for painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Sgraffito on a block of flats in Hall in the Tyrol.
Participates in the second Trigon exhibition in Graz.
Death of Herbert Boeckl. Major exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with his new works, Like a Landscape. Weiler invites the painter Peter Pongratz to assist him with his master class.
Exhibition in the Taxis Palace in Innsbruck. Major exhibition of graphic works with drawings from 1931–67 at the Galerie Würthle, Vienna. Weiler's paintings "Like a Landscape" are shown at the World Exhibition in Montreal. Appointed a member of the Austrian Art Senate. Death of Ludwig von Ficker. Iron safety curtain for the Tiroler Landestheater after its renovation by Erich Boltenstern (Weiler dedicates the curtain to Ludwig von Ficker).
Creates his twelve Polyptych Paintings. Visits Apulia.
Exhibition of the Polyptych Paintings at the Galerie nächst St. Stephan, headed by Monseigneur Otto Mauer.
Retrospective at the Neue Galerie in Graz. Organisation and catalogue: Wilfried Skreiner. Exhibition at the Galerie im Taxis-Palais, Innsbruck. Creation of "Landscapes on Resonant Grounds". Max Weiler receives the Province of Tyrol's decoration of honour. Visits Umbria.
Exhibition of the painting Rose of Jericho at the Künstlerhaus, Vienna. Exhibition "Max Weiler – Personal Landscape" at the Galerie Würthle, Vienna.
Portrait of Eduard Wallnöfer, governor of Tyrol. Two paintings for the dean's office at the Technical University in Innsbruck. Visits Assisi.
Work starts on "New Landscapes, Four Walls". A documentary film about Max Weiler made by Harald Zusanek (Regler Films, Vienna).
"Weiler – Wickenburg – Wotruba". Presentation of drawings from the three previous years at the New Gallery in the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz.
First monograph published by Residenz Verlag, Salzburg, preface by Wilfried Skreiner. Death of Fritz Wotruba.
Exhibition of the Polyptych Paintings, Burg Hasegg, Hall in the Tyrol.
Exhibition "Like Nature" at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, which includes "Four Walls". Accompanying publication by Wieland Schmied: Max Weiler seen in the light of C. D. Friedrich. Exhibition in the rooms of the Prints and Drawings Collection of the Albertina in Vienna, "Works on Paper 1931–1978". Weiler invites Peter Weiermair to assist him with his master class at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Weiler meets Yvonne J. Fahlström, who is preparing an exhibition of contemporary Austrian art in Scandinavia. Exhibition "Like Nature" at the Künstlerhaus in Klagenfurt. Painting for the UNO City in Vienna. Max Weiler is awarded the Austrian Decoration of Honour for Science and Art.
Exhibition "Works on Paper" at the Traklhaus in Salzburg. Portrait of Silvius Magnago, Governor of the South Tyrol. "Black Romances" by Friederike Mayröcker with drawings by Max Weiler is published by Pfaffenweiler Presse.
Group exhibition on the occasion of the founding anniversary of the academies in Vienna and Mons, curated by Edelbert Köb. Visits Belgium.
Is appointed Emeritus Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Starts painting on handmade paper produced in a paper mill in Waldviertel.
Exhibition at Schloß Maretsch in Bolzano. Death of his friends Clemens Holzmeister and Friedrich Heer.
Exhibition at the Kunstverein Frankfurt. Organisation and catalogue: Peter Weiermair. Exhibition of early paintings in the series "Art of the 1950s" at the Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart. Organisation and catalogue: Tilman Osterwold. Weiler meets the art historian Gottfried Boehm. Installation of the large murals "Nature with Caput Mortuum" 1974, and "Far Right: Living Nature" 1973, at the Juridicum in Vienna.
Mural for the Raiffeisenbank in Lienz. Death of Weiler's first wife.
Beginning of intensive cooperation with Yvonne J. Fahlström. Publication of the catalogue "Art like Nature” (Kunst wie Natur) on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title at the Rupertinum in Salzburg. Wilhelm Gaube from the Museum moderner Kunst in Vienna makes a film about Max Weiler.
Max Weiler donates the painting “Fairytale” to the University Clinic in Innsbruck. Gets to know the photographer Franz Hubmann. Exhibition at the Galerie am Lindenplatz in Schaan, Liechtenstein. Death of Ignaz Zangerle. Art Prize of the Province of Tyrol. Ring of Honour of the city of Hall in the Tyrol. Gold Medal of the Federal Capital of Vienna. Exhibition at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum.
"Im Inneren der Malerei", exhibition in the main room at the Wiener Secession. Organisation: Yvonne J. Fahlström, catalogue with texts by Gottfried Boehm, Friederike Mayröcker and Edelbert Köb. Exhibition of works on paper at the Austrian gallery in the Belvedere in Vienna. Travels to Colmar in order to see the original Isenheim Altarpiece for the first time. Publishes a portfolio with six engravings "Bewachsen". Accompanying text by Otto Breicha. Exhibition with 25 new works at the Galerie Würthle, Vienna. Moves to a new studio in Vienna.
Exhibition at the Haus der Kunst, Brno. Visits Mexico. Exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. The exhibition is shown in the the same year at the Museo de Monterrey, Mexico, Stanford Museum, California, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, and the Kunstmuseum Bern. Visits the Mayan monuments on the Yucatan peninsula. Fairly long stay in the Caribbean. Exhibition at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest. Residenz Verlag, Salzburg publishes Kristian Sotriffer's monograph about Weiler's drawings over the past 60 years entitled "Max Weiler,Strichwelten". First major retrospective, covering his work since the early 1930s, at the Museum of the 20th Century, Vienna. Organisation and catalogue: Yvonne J. Fahlström
Travels through the highlands of Kenya. Fairly long stay on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The book Portraits 1933-1999 is published by Haymon Verlag, Innsbruck. Exhibition of paintings and works on paper from the 1980s at the Kulturhaus in Graz. Exhibition of paintings done between 1970 and 1990 at the Thurn und Taxis Palace in Bregenz on the occasion of the Bregenz Festival. Exhibition of paintings and works on paper from 1980–1990 at the Galerie Carinthia in Ossiach. The ORF commissions a film portrait by Krista Hauser. Travels to the USA for the first time on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Visits major museums and collections in New York, Washington and Iowa. Exhibition "Art like Nature, Paintings from 1973–1990" at the Slovakian National Gallery, Bratislava, and then at the Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum. Exhibition of drawings and paintings on paper from the 1950s and 1960s in the rooms of the Prints and Drawings Collection of the Albertina in Vienna. Second trip to the Indian Ocean and Kenya.
Installation of the painting "Like a Symphony" in the Mozart exhibition organised by the Province of Salzburg at Schloß Kleßheim. Exhibition of the sequence "While All Things ", 1960–61 at the Rupertinum in Salzburg. Exhibition at the Prague National Gallery, Waldstein Riding School in Prague. Exhibition at the Galerie Welz in Salzburg. Max Weiler marries Yvonne J. Fahlström.
Trips to the Indian Ocean, Kenia and Sardinia. Exhibition "Innenschau" (Paintings from 1932–90) at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck. In his studio in Innsbruck, Weiler does the first of three large paintings for the new Innsbruck Casino: "Joyful Composition".
Completion of the paintings "Golden Rain and Black Tree” (Goldregen und schwarzer Baum) and "Introduction” (Introduktion) for the Casino in Innsbruck. Exhibition of large drawings from the years 1978–85 in the Medium Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. Max Weiler is made an honorary member of that academy. Issue of a öS 5.50 stamp designed by Max Weiler. Extensive exhibition at the Museum for Modern Art in Bolzano, Italy, with large drawings from 1978–80 and paintings from the 1980s.
Mural "From the Life of a Peasant" for the Agricultural Research Institute at Hirschstetten just outside Vienna. Spent much of the summer in Igls in the Tyrol. Exhibition of paintings from the years 1985–91 at the Bawag Foundation in Vienna.
Exhibition of the series of paintings "Like a Landscape, Paintings from 1961–1967" in the Austrian Gallery of the Belvedere, Vienna. Exhibition of drawings from the years 1961–67 by the Prints and Drawings Collection of the Albertina at the Looshaus in Vienna. Exhibition at the Schömer-Haus in Klosterneuburg with paintings from the Essl Collection. Max Weiler is made an honorary member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He is awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver with Star in recognition of his services to the Republic of Austria.
Exhibition at the Galerie Welz in Salzburg. Visits Crete. Publication of the monograph "Made from Nature, Paintings from 1927–1997” (Aus der Natur gemacht, Bilder von 1927–1997) by the Tyrolia Verlag, Innsbruck and Vienna.
Exhibition at the Chinese National Gallery in Peking. Curator of the exhibition and catalogue text: Wieland Schmied. The exhibition is seen by over 110,000 visitors in just under three weeks.
Retrospective at the Künstlerhaus and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna: "Max Weiler in the Century of Modernism. Paintings since 1927“ (Max Weiler im Jahrhundert der Moderne. Malerei seit 1927). The exhibition is curated by Edelbert Köb and Gottfried Boehm writes a book that is published in connection with it.
On the occasion of Max Weiler's 90th birthday, the ORF commissions a portrait of him by Krista Hauser. He is the first painter since Oskar Kokoschka to be made a freeman of the City of Vienna. The honour is conferred on him on 7 March in Vienna's City Hall by the mayor, Dr. Michael Häupl. On 15 September, at a ceremony in the Federal Chancellery in Vienna, the Federal Chancellor Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel confers the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star on Max Weiler in recognition of his services to the Republic of Austria.
Max Weiler dies in Vienna on 29 January and is laid to rest on 16 February in an honorary tomb of the City of Vienna in Vienna's central cemetery.